JACKSON TOWNSHIP — DEMCHAK – John, 88, Jackson Township, passed away peacefully Feb. 1, 2014, at home. Born Aug. 4, 1925, in St. Michael, son of the late John Demchak and Anastasia (Krul) Demchak- Skeskow. He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Jacob Skeskow; sister, Ann Nedrich and Mary Byndas; and brother, Michael Demchak. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Hancharick) Demchak, whom he was married to for 64 years; these children: Paula (William) Shoemaker; John (Rita) Demchak; Robert Demchak; Thomas Demchak; MaryAnn Demchak; James (Janice) Demchak; and Janice (Jack) Bernat; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Branick; and numerous nieces and nephews. John was a member of St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Mundys Corner, and the Knights of Columbus. He retired as a foreman for Bethlehem Mines 33, where he suffered severe injuries in a mining accident, which he overcame to enjoy a very long full retirement. John was a former member of UMWA. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 and achieved the rank of corporal. He served in the Island Command 3rd Amphibious Division in the Asiatic Pacific area and saw action in Tinian, Marianas Island. He enjoyed membership in the Marine Corps League and Devil Dogs. A lifetime member and treasurer for 40 years for the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and woodworking, especially Adirondack chairs, and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where a vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Vianney Church, the Very Rev. Andrew Stanko, VF, celebrant. Committal, St. Mary’s Cemetery. Graveside military rites by Conemaugh Valley Detachment, 287 Marine Corps League Ritual Team. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Jackson Township Ambulance Association or Conemaugh Regional Hospice.
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George Michael Beach
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Barbara Ann (Hartman) Dino
DINO – Barbara Ann (Hartman), 74, Ebensburg, died July 28, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
DRENNER – Annabelle 90, Hollsopple, died July 31, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia A. (Grabish) Koposko
KOPOSKO – Patricia A. (Grabish), 67, Windber, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Harriet L. Mintmier
MINTMIER– Harriet L., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 1, 2014, at the Atrium Manor.
Helen Louise Petrunak
PETRUNAK – Helen Louise “Weeze,” 87, formerly of South Fork, went home with the Lord Aug. 1, 2014.
Joylene H. (Ream) Whipkey
WHIPKEY– Joylene H. (Ream), 83, Ligonier, formerly of Jenner Township, died Aug. 1, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
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- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
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